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Tripe stew at St. Jack, tripes a la mode de caen
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10 Outstanding Offal Options in Portland

Tripe, kidneys, and gizzards, oh my

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Tripe stew at St. Jack, tripes a la mode de caen
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Offal, a term used to describe organ meats, are not always easily found in American supermarket butcher counters; more specialty markets seem to deliver the goods. However, many cultures across the globe have developed dishes to ensure no part of the animal goes to waste, from the depths of a bowl of Filipino dinuguan or French tripes à la mode de Caen, to crispy Mexican tripas or fried gizzards.

Even though Bistro Agnes’ veal sweetbreads and many other local offal-centric dishes are currently off the table due to temporary closures and pared-down menus, there are many places in Portland to find preparations of innards, ranging from a little paté on a baguette to Sunday morning bowls of menudo. These map points are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.

A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Szechuan Garden

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18725 NW Walker Rd # 103
Beaverton, OR 97006
(971) 245-5676
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Sichuan restaurants like Beaverton’s Szechuan Garden often excel in cold appetizer dishes that showcase the ingredients’ textures. This Chinese restaurant mixes sliced beef shank, tendon, and tripe with chile oil and Sichuan peppercorns for that distinct mouth-numbing buzz, then finishes it off with crushed peanuts and a tuft of cilantro. Multiple pork intestine dishes, as well as sautéed kidneys in a spicy sauce are also on the menu. Szechuan Garden is open for takeout, delivery, and dine-in.

2. JCD | Korean Restaurant

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3492 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 644-7378
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Beaverton’s JCD is a great option for sampling Korea’s version of blood sausage, soondae. The nearly black sausage made from pork blood bound with cellophane noodles is typically served steamed and sliced, and occasionally served with — or inside — pork intestines. The restaurant’s soondae bokkeum is a stir-fry that combines the sausage with shredded carrots, pork intestines, and cabbage in a fiery gochujang-based sauce. JCD is open for delivery, takeout, and dine-in.

Table full of Korean food and shoju
Soondae bokkeum
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3. The Frying Scotsman

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BG Food Cartel, 4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 706-3841
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Sure, fish and chips might be more popular, but this Beaverton cart is one of the only places in town where the curious can try the famous Scottish mix of offal, oatmeal, suet, and spices, traditionally steamed in a sheep’s stomach. Here, it’s battered and fried and served with fat-cut chips. The cart is open for takeout and delivery.

4. St. Jack

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1610 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 360-1281
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With rich pates, rillettes, and mousses, French restaurants are often a great source of offal, St. Jack included. The crispy Lyonnaise tripe, a happy hour standard, isn’t currently on the menu, but organ meat aficionados haven’t been forgotten with tripes a la mode de caen, a braised dish from Normandy, using calf’s feet for body and spiked with Calvados. St. Jack is open for takeout, delivery, and dine-in.

5. Casa Zoraya

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841 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 384-2455
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While sometimes chicken kebabs masquerade as anticuchos on menus, real-deal Peruvian anticuchos almost always mean sliced, skewered beef hearts. At North Portland’s Casa Zoraya, the organ meat first spends time in a vinegary marinade spiced up with ají panka and ají mirasol, then gets grilled, and served with sweet potatoes, choclo, and potatoes drizzled with huancaína sauce. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery.

6. Santo Domingo Taqueria

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5447 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218
(503) 284-8446
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Most Mexican restaurants serve menudo on weekends, and Cully’s Santo Domingo Taqueria is no exception. The chile-infused broth is a great foil for the delightfully chewy strips of honeycomb tripe, while the chopped onion gives the nourishing soup a little bite. Taco-lovers can also order corn tortillas filled with buche — pork stomach — or tender cuts of lengua. Santo Domingo Taqueria is open for takeout and delivery.

A picture of a red bowl of menudo with tortillas and a Jarritos at Santo Domingo Taqueria
Menudo at Santo Domingo Taqueria
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7. Tambayan Restaurant

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6014 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 777-4217
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With its deep, murky brown shade, dinuguan might not be the first thing Filipino food novices might gravitate towards, but Tambayan’s pork blood and offal stew is deliciously savory with tart vinegar notes that pair well with a big scoop of rice. To be fair, even Pinoys sometimes euphemistically refer to the dish as “chocolate meat” to make it sound more appealing to children, but there’s no reason adults can’t enjoy dinuguan on its own terms. Tambayan is open for takeout and delivery.

8. Tèo Bun Bo Hue

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8220 SE Harrison St #230
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 208-3532
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There’s no better place in Portland to try bun bo hue than the Jade District’s Teo Bun Bo Hue—it’s the namesake dish, after all. Bun bo hue is sour, spicy, and seriously porky thanks to meaty slices of sausage and gelatinous cubes of blood. The central Vietnamese soup also gets garnished with shredded banana blossoms in addition to the usual herbal suspects. Teo Bun Bo Hue is open for takeout and delivery. 

9. Wooden Chicken Pub

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12500 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97230
(503) 253-8893
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For whatever reason, chicken gizzards tend to be the domain of bars serving chicken and jojos, as well as old-school haunts like Sayler’s and Tad’s. Parkrose’s Wooden Chicken Pub is actually better known for its fish and chips than chicken, but baskets of fried chicken gizzards served with ranch (and ketchup) do make a fun bar snack. Wooden Chicken is open for takeout and delivery.

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Fried gizzards at Wooden Chicken Pub
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10. Mi Pueblo Restaurant

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17466 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97236
(503) 760-3666
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The term tripas might fool some into thinking it’s tripe, but the offal isn’t related to the beef honeycomb tripe used in menudo — it’s small pig intestines a.k.a. chitterlings. Tripa fanatics will appreciate Mi Pueblo Taqueria in East Portland because they might ask about the preferred degree of doneness. Extra-crispy means most of the fat is rendered while the default preparation preserves the creamy interior without sacrificing crunch. Mi Pueblo is open for takeout, delivery, and has a drive-thru.

Styrofoam container with four tacos and Jarritos in the background.
Tripas tacos at Mi Pueblo
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1. Szechuan Garden

18725 NW Walker Rd # 103, Beaverton, OR 97006

Sichuan restaurants like Beaverton’s Szechuan Garden often excel in cold appetizer dishes that showcase the ingredients’ textures. This Chinese restaurant mixes sliced beef shank, tendon, and tripe with chile oil and Sichuan peppercorns for that distinct mouth-numbing buzz, then finishes it off with crushed peanuts and a tuft of cilantro. Multiple pork intestine dishes, as well as sautéed kidneys in a spicy sauce are also on the menu. Szechuan Garden is open for takeout, delivery, and dine-in.

18725 NW Walker Rd # 103
Beaverton, OR 97006

2. JCD | Korean Restaurant

3492 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005
Table full of Korean food and shoju
Soondae bokkeum
Krista Garcia/EPDX

Beaverton’s JCD is a great option for sampling Korea’s version of blood sausage, soondae. The nearly black sausage made from pork blood bound with cellophane noodles is typically served steamed and sliced, and occasionally served with — or inside — pork intestines. The restaurant’s soondae bokkeum is a stir-fry that combines the sausage with shredded carrots, pork intestines, and cabbage in a fiery gochujang-based sauce. JCD is open for delivery, takeout, and dine-in.

3492 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005

3. The Frying Scotsman

BG Food Cartel, 4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005

Sure, fish and chips might be more popular, but this Beaverton cart is one of the only places in town where the curious can try the famous Scottish mix of offal, oatmeal, suet, and spices, traditionally steamed in a sheep’s stomach. Here, it’s battered and fried and served with fat-cut chips. The cart is open for takeout and delivery.

BG Food Cartel, 4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005

4. St. Jack

1610 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

With rich pates, rillettes, and mousses, French restaurants are often a great source of offal, St. Jack included. The crispy Lyonnaise tripe, a happy hour standard, isn’t currently on the menu, but organ meat aficionados haven’t been forgotten with tripes a la mode de caen, a braised dish from Normandy, using calf’s feet for body and spiked with Calvados. St. Jack is open for takeout, delivery, and dine-in.

1610 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

5. Casa Zoraya

841 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97217

While sometimes chicken kebabs masquerade as anticuchos on menus, real-deal Peruvian anticuchos almost always mean sliced, skewered beef hearts. At North Portland’s Casa Zoraya, the organ meat first spends time in a vinegary marinade spiced up with ají panka and ají mirasol, then gets grilled, and served with sweet potatoes, choclo, and potatoes drizzled with huancaína sauce. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery.

841 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97217

6. Santo Domingo Taqueria

5447 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218
A picture of a red bowl of menudo with tortillas and a Jarritos at Santo Domingo Taqueria
Menudo at Santo Domingo Taqueria
Krista Garcia/EPDX

Most Mexican restaurants serve menudo on weekends, and Cully’s Santo Domingo Taqueria is no exception. The chile-infused broth is a great foil for the delightfully chewy strips of honeycomb tripe, while the chopped onion gives the nourishing soup a little bite. Taco-lovers can also order corn tortillas filled with buche — pork stomach — or tender cuts of lengua. Santo Domingo Taqueria is open for takeout and delivery.

5447 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218

7. Tambayan Restaurant

6014 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206

With its deep, murky brown shade, dinuguan might not be the first thing Filipino food novices might gravitate towards, but Tambayan’s pork blood and offal stew is deliciously savory with tart vinegar notes that pair well with a big scoop of rice. To be fair, even Pinoys sometimes euphemistically refer to the dish as “chocolate meat” to make it sound more appealing to children, but there’s no reason adults can’t enjoy dinuguan on its own terms. Tambayan is open for takeout and delivery.

6014 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

8. Tèo Bun Bo Hue

8220 SE Harrison St #230, Portland, OR 97216

There’s no better place in Portland to try bun bo hue than the Jade District’s Teo Bun Bo Hue—it’s the namesake dish, after all. Bun bo hue is sour, spicy, and seriously porky thanks to meaty slices of sausage and gelatinous cubes of blood. The central Vietnamese soup also gets garnished with shredded banana blossoms in addition to the usual herbal suspects. Teo Bun Bo Hue is open for takeout and delivery. 

8220 SE Harrison St #230
Portland, OR 97216

9. Wooden Chicken Pub

12500 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97230
plastic basket filled with fried chicken gizzards
Fried gizzards at Wooden Chicken Pub
Krista Garcia/EPDX

For whatever reason, chicken gizzards tend to be the domain of bars serving chicken and jojos, as well as old-school haunts like Sayler’s and Tad’s. Parkrose’s Wooden Chicken Pub is actually better known for its fish and chips than chicken, but baskets of fried chicken gizzards served with ranch (and ketchup) do make a fun bar snack. Wooden Chicken is open for takeout and delivery.

12500 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97230

10. Mi Pueblo Restaurant

17466 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97236
Styrofoam container with four tacos and Jarritos in the background.
Tripas tacos at Mi Pueblo
Krista Garcia/EPDX

The term tripas might fool some into thinking it’s tripe, but the offal isn’t related to the beef honeycomb tripe used in menudo — it’s small pig intestines a.k.a. chitterlings. Tripa fanatics will appreciate Mi Pueblo Taqueria in East Portland because they might ask about the preferred degree of doneness. Extra-crispy means most of the fat is rendered while the default preparation preserves the creamy interior without sacrificing crunch. Mi Pueblo is open for takeout, delivery, and has a drive-thru.

17466 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97236

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